The grieving family of a Tennessee veteran demands more attention and more preventive action in their county, claiming that their father had tested positive for the West Nile virus before his death. Sharon Thaxton, who said her 88-year-old father, Robert Garland, had become infected with his Orange Mound home, said they initially thought his symptoms were due to a stroke
"He got sick, went to the hospital, We thought he had a stroke, "she told Fox 13 Memphis," but he did not have a stroke. I thought it was a tick – it was not a tick. Then they tested for a mosquito and that was a mosquito.
The Shelby County Health Department told the news agency that three confirmed cases of West Nile virus were detected in Tennessee this year, two of them in Shelby County
with mosquitoes that are positive for the virus in 37 Check postal codes within the county, officials said they spray in accordance with the data.
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But Garlands family, including his devastated widow, more needs to be done to control the mosquito population and prevent more deaths.
"It really hurt me because we were married so long," Faye Garland told the news agency.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most people infected with the virus will not develop any symptoms, but those who can do that will add extra to have a fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, diarrhea or rash. Serious symptoms are rare but involve central nervous symptoms and are the greatest risk in patients over 60 years of age.
Patients with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension and kidney disease, or patients who have received organ transplants may need longer to recover, while 1 out of 10 of these patients died. There is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for West Nile patients, but according to the CDC, those who are ill can take over-the-counter painkillers or supportive treatments
"Everyone must know [about] this disease that kills," Thaxton told the news agency.